The Trump Agenda: On International Affairs

The Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, says the U.S. is trying to inflict “sympathy by intimidation.”

Here are a few facts from his comments in Tehran on Sunday:

Rouhani Says Claims on Capability of Polluting Iran’s Air Pollution Are ‘Absurd’

Iran’s foreign minister says U.S. officials who issued claims about the capacity of air pollution-creating pollution in Iran were in “absurd state of mind” and had suffered from jetlag.

Mohammad Javad Zarif made the remarks on state TV on Wednesday as his country was reeling from the Iranian currency’s steep slide and U.S. sanctions being reimposed on Iran, two key issues at the heart of a confrontation with the U.S.

Condoleezza Rice Slams Trump Admin for Media Threats to Report Her Dog Abandoned

President Donald Trump reportedly told senior aides that his administration could “go nuclear” if the press continued to pressure Trump’s family, a former U.S. secretary of state says.

Condoleezza Rice went on to accuse his team of “thwarting world affairs,” reports Politico.

The former diplomat and foreign policy adviser to President George W. Bush was apparently referring to remarks from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday, when she told a White House press briefing that reporters were “all very rude” to Sanders’s dog over the weekend.

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Trump Cites Pence as Reason U.S. Doesn’t Kill Opioids Bill in Iowa

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that if Republican leaders in Congress pass legislation to combat opioid abuse, the administration might reverse its opposition to the legislation – but only if Vice President Mike Pence is persuaded to sign it.

Trump told reporters at a White House event with a wide-ranging discussion on the opioid epidemic that he was hoping to persuade Pence to join him in backing the legislation, which also has the support of a majority of House Republicans and Democratic leaders.

Trump said that Pence “has been really helpful on this stuff.”

The legislation would help the federal government improve coordination among agencies to stem the illegal trafficking of opioids.

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Prez Releases New Postal Seals After Scalpers Stifle Mail

President Donald Trump has responded to reports that postal workers foiled a plan by pro-Trump extremists to depress mail service by buying stamps, saying there is no reason to rush and push his signature tax bill through Congress without a full debate.

Several Trump supporters were caught in a sting after purchasing federal blocks of stamps meant to trigger delivery delays.

Trump is “doing a great job on tax cuts,” he said. “So I think, to some extent, we will — but certainly, I won’t like to rush it. We have a lot of work to do.”

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